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Exploris Aquarium, Portaferry

(2.8/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
Exploris is Northern Ireland's only Aquarium and Seal Sanctuary. The Aquarium presents the underwater wonders of Strangford Lough and the coastal seas of Ireland in a variety of exciting and enjoyable exhibits.

The Seal Sanctuary provides a temporary home for sick or injured seal pups. Exploris is committed to rehabilitating injured and abandoned seal pups, preparing them for return to the wild.
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  • I haven't been to Exploris for many years so had high expectations for the new refurbished centre... how very disappointing. I saw very little change & we were round it in an hour. Definitely not valu...  more »
  • First issue was as we walked in, we bought tickets online and made an error and got 1 adult and 2 children instead of 2 adults 1 child.. anywhere else this wouldn't be an issue but we were told we the...  more »
  • Wow!! The renovations have made such a difference. It was lovely to see the different themes throughout our walk around the exhibitions. At our visit they had a lot of rescued seals and lovely to watc...  more »
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  • Had birthday for our 8 year old there. Couldn't really fault it. I think it's better than it used to be for sure. Chris was brilliant, giving our whole party a really interesting hands on tour of all the touch tank stuff. The otters are a great addition to the attraction too.
  • We weren't expecting much, as it looks tiny from the outside and it is - frankly - in the ass end of nowhere. What a shock! Not only did we get to handle several sea creatures, the layout and design make it possible to get a 360 degree view of the sharks, manta rays and turtles as they swim above you in a glass underwater corridor. Very much worth every penny!
  • Recently re opened and looks great. Touch tanks went down a treat with the toddlers as did the tropical fish. Coffee shop wasn't bad. Think this would be a great part of a larger attraction like the zoo but quite small and expensive for a trip in itself.
  • Fantastic attraction. Beautifully presented, with a Nile crocodile, and the Porcupine fish stole the show! Spoke with two staff members who were more than willing to educate on their relevant expertise. Thumbs up.
  • I think the aquarium was better before the revamp. Do not see much improvement for the £2M spent. A few mouldings and renaming of areas. Have fitted new screen info displays instead of the original painted signs- most of the new displays were not working. There are less tank exhibits/displays than before. The tropical addition upstairs, other than the croc, a pet shop would be better to see 2 lizards and 2 snakes. The game area- what games, there weren't any, and the previous interactive section upstairs is gone, less to do. The kids area addition of sandcastle display - 3 sink size rock pools has been added, in place where the drawing and quiz section was before - there is actually less for kids to do. Admission price has increased. Would need to improve.